Star Trek (2009) Reboot from J.J. Abrams

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Spyglass Entertainment has one hell of a hit on their hands with J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek. It just doesn’t get better then this with high action, more action then we have ever seen in any of the Star Trek Films. This will be the one Trek film that you will be watching again and again for years to come. We still have all our favorite characters, they are just all brand new and slightly different and different in all the best ways. This one film will keep the franchise going for years to come and we are all waiting to see what they come up with next.

A madman from the future has went back in time to take revenge on something that hasn’t even happened yet, something Spock (Leonard Nimoy) was unable to prevent and Spock (Zachary Quinto) is his first target. He doesn’t want to kill him but he wants to make him watch and experience the pain the Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from the future, has suffered from an act that Spock hasn’t even done yet. His passage into the past also deprived James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) of his father and changes his life forever. Nothing is going to be the same as a new timeline, an alternate reality has been created with no way to ever be able to fix it. The times have changed and so have the characters that we grew up with. It is a whole new Federation with a whole new set of ships whose designs have been affected due to the introduction of Nero into their universe.

Spock is a troubled child of Vulcan who despite outward appearances deeply loves his mother Amanda (Winona Ryder) and is actually on good terms with his father Sarek (Ben Cross). It is the love of his mother that can trigger massive rage if someone even insults his mother. Something that his class mates learned early on and from the look on their faces they became a bit scared of Spock at his outpouring of rage when they insulted his mother. Spock could handle his father being called a traitor and even used it as an excuse to his father but the need to protect his mother is what really set the young Spock off.

Kirk is a troubled child who doesn’t have a father to raise and guide him. While it is true that there is a step father in his life her really doesn’t respect him at all and will do just about anything to get back at the man. He even steals and then destroys a very old and expensive antique car just to get back at him. He is a repeat offender and is always getting into trouble even though he is a genius and can easily learn just about anything that he sets his mind to. He is charismatic and a ladies man that can talk the pants of just about any woman, except maybe Uhura (Zoe Saldana), that he meats in a bar the day before he joins Star Fleet. It was that same night that he meets Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), an officer in Star Fleet, that convinces him to join up to make his father proud. It was Kirk’s father George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) that saved the life of his mother on the day that he was born. It was that day that Nero changed the future of the universe forever and took the life of Kirk’s father.

Each of the characters has been changed in some way from the ones that we have known in the past but it is a good thing. We know more about them, we can empathize with them more and we now have a history for them that we just didn’t have before. Scotty (Simon Pegg) is a smart mouthed engineer that is out of favor, Bones (Karl Urban) is a divorced doctor that needs to leave earth to get away from his ex-wife, Uhura is now a love interest and pleasantly funny and Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) have a whole new look and personality that you can’t help but love.

As was said this film is full of action and it is almost nonstop from beginning to end and a wild ride that you just don’t want to stop. What they did with the new Enterprise and the way they handled the characters is just perfect and will have you watching it again and again just to experience the rush and thrill that the film will bring you.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★★